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Gonzaga Student-Athletes Continue Tradition of Academic Achievement

Lori Conrad, a standout women's soccer player at Gonzaga, won a highly competitive West Coast Conference Postgraduate Scholarship for continuous academic and athletic achievement; she is pursuing an MBA in health care management at Gonzaga. Photo by Louise Torgerson.

Lori Conrad, a standout women's soccer player at Gonzaga, won a highly competitive West Coast Conference Postgraduate Scholarship for continuous academic and athletic achievement; she is pursuing an MBA in health care management at Gonzaga. Photo by Explosive Illusions.

It’s not easy achieving academic excellence in college, especially at a school like Gonzaga where the high school grade-point average for incoming freshmen is upwards of 3.7.  Imagine then, how difficult it is for student-athletes to excel academically when they must devote so much time to athletics. Nevertheless, Gonzaga student-athletes’ long tradition of academic excellence continued in the 2009-10 academic year.  On Tuesday, three Zag golfers earned national All-America Scholar honors:  Senior Derek Cheney and rising senior Kyle Huus were chosen from the men’s team; rising junior Jessica Howe was picked from the women.

In the past academic year alone, more than half of Gonzaga’s nearly 300 student-athletes maintained a 3.25 GPA or higher and 134 student-athletes received Honors for their hard work in school. Fifteen teams maintained cumulative GPAs over 3.0, while men’s golf posted an impressive 3.49 GPA. Five teams – men’s golf, soccer and tennis, and women’s soccer and volleyball – earned All-Academic Team Honors, and 35 student-athletes were honored by the West Coast Conference by making their sport’s All-Academic team.

The NCAA honored eight more teams for their strong Academic Performance Rate, a measure used to gauge academic success and retention. Eight Zags’ teams – men’s golf, soccer, tennis, and track & field, and women’s golf, rowing, soccer and volleyball – scored in the top 10 percent of their sport nationwide.

Forty-three Zags graduated in May, incuding18 with honors. Women’s soccer standout Lori Conrad won a highly competitive WCC Postgraduate Scholarship for continuous academic and athletic achievement; she will pursue an MBA in health care management here. The Graduate Success Rate now nearly matches GU’s general student population.

The University applauds its inspiring student-athletes and, in turn, these Zags thank the Gonzaga family for guidance, support and encouragement.

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  1. Posted July 26, 2010 at 7:04 am

    Great article! As a former student athlete myself (BC) Its nice to see articles regarding what goes behind the scene. Away from the court, all the hard work that seems to escape the limelight is where you truly make your mark as a student and young person.

    That’s what counts most of all!